NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums Of 2020 (So Far) How can it be possible that we're only halfway through the year? These ingredients were already the strength of her debut album, the hard-hitting Limpopo Champions League in 2018. It sketches out the personal turmoil of being a child of African immigrants in Britain and making your home in a place you don't feel you belong. Earlier in the year, ... On Side B of his album Music to Be Murdered By, the "Rap God" offers … 12.20.2020. Rihanna Readies Caribbean Cookbook. Almost a year later, I'm still convinced. Gunna, ... Then, I was convinced I had just heard the best album of the year. The idea of releasing new music worried many artists at the start of spring, as uncertainty was at an all-time high. Sign In. Challenge accepted and won hands down. View All. Don Toliver - Heaven or Hell. After being nominated for the Mercury Prize for her album Grey Area in 2019, the London-based rapper and producer took stock of her situation. But which one forever holds the No. Other 2020 Album Highlights Throughout 2020, Craig Jenkins maintained a “Best Albums of the Year (So Far)” list. Critic Ratings. With this project, Kida Kudz declines her recipe by marrying it with other influences. We all lost something in 2020, whether it was time, loved ones, or security. Flo Milli chooses snappy, bass-heavy beats to fire off her brash verses, in a record that is punchy from start to finish. After years of waiting and mounting hype, this year Jay Electronica finally delivered his fantastic debut album. The album is also a true celebration of South African Hip-Hop, represented by its multilingualism (isiZulu, Sesotho, English and Afrikaans) and its most worthy ambassadors (DJ Maphorisa, Sjava, Riky Rick, AKA, YoungstaCPT, Frank Casino…). This list includes some of the most anticipated rap albums for 2020. with Disabilities Act (”ADA”). But for its crowded guest list, Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon has just as many moments of brilliance. Phoebe Bridgers Punisher. See which rap album -- from Lil Baby's "My Turn" to Megan Thee Stallion's "Suga" -- wins the top honor at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2020, premiering October 27 at 9/8c. Year-End Hot 100 Songs; Year-End Billboard 200 Albums; 2020 Year-End Boxscore; Google's Top Hummed Songs 2020; All Year-End Charts; DECADE-END . In addition to Hamza, and Lous and the Yakuza who both feature, we also find the Congolese artist Fally Ipupa on one track where the two artists alternate between French and Lingala. 2020 Pop Rap album releases. AOTY 2020. – Nils Bourdin, The most cheerful and colourful rapper from the Limpopo region will put a smile in your heart with this new mixtape, the aptly named What A Life. Would people care? Frank Casino unveils “Block Hot” music video, Dualeh Oke is effortless on new track “Signs”, Joe Kingston speaks love and vulnerability on single, Reekado Banks gives fans what they’re waiting for. Features from the likes of Buju Banton, Future, Snoh Aalegra, and Summer Walker add to songs with infinite replay value, with each track seamlessly flowing into the next. If this is musical blasphemy I don’t care. Best Rap Albums Of 2020 …(so far) Best R&B Songs Of 2020 …(so far) The Playlist. The Pretoria rapper bombarded his audience with hits from January to December, closing his season with the powerful “Sghubu Ses Excellent”. Do yourself a favor and listen to QALF if you haven't already. Flohio is adept at soaking up different environments, from the London grime of the 2000s to avant-garde electronic sounds and good old-fashioned hip-hop. Summer Walker is in album mode. 387 points. This year, an army of African artists woke us up to the long-held truth that Africa is setting the global tempo for pop music – with Amaarae at the forefront. For additional information about bands formed, reformed, disbanded, or on hiatus, for deaths of musicians, and for links to musical awards, see 2020 in music . – Thomas Bisiacco, He might be rapping in English but that’s not to say that Gracy Hopkins, barely 23 years old, isn’t one of the most fascinating French rappers of his generation. Perfect for blaring over speakers for those post-breakup blues, rages, and "I-can-do-so-much-better" moods. Closure. With Zulu Man With Some Power, released on 28th August, he’s seeking to position himself as African rapper number one. As she sings in her self-portrait piece, “Gemini,” performed at the COLORS studios: “I am Gemini, June 14. In “damn right” the rapper returns to her inner journey – ‘I tried the mosque and I tried the church / Now I’m just spiritual’, before saluting her Nigerian roots – ‘Jollof in an ice cream tub / that’s the Af’ in me’ on “you should call mum”. How they be able to maneuver? The 2020 GRAMMYs are just around the corner, and now the nominations are in for the coveted honor of Album Of The Year. As 2020 got increasingly confusing, did you ever ask yourself the question: Ho, why is you here? Billboard picked out our 20 best rap albums of 2020, but we want to know which rap album from this year was your favorite!. 323 points. Doing so will transform its rhythms into metal strips and its synths into industrial vibrations. Gunna has been one of our Atlanta favorites for years now and this year he delivered his cleanest work yet. The list includes albums from Lil baby, The Weeknd, Juice WRLD, Pop Smoke and more. YEAR-END . We all knew Lil Uzi Vert had the makings of a rockstar, we knew he's the voice of a generation, an unbridled innovator. From slow-wine ballads to big party tunes, Popcaan defends his place at the forefront of the genre. – Makia Fofana, Despite the strangeness of the past few months, we can safely say that 2020 was the year of Nasty C. The 23-year-old South African rapper signed to Universal on the Def Jam Africa label, thus opening doors to the American market. A list of all music releases for 2020. There are moments of transcendence coupled with Cudi's signature (and therapeutic) humming, which make this an album that will go far beyond 2020. With Encore(Time2020) – a re-release of his mixtape Time (2019) accompanied by a few unreleased tracks (including superb duets with the rapper from Tayc and the french singer Sabrina Bellaouel) and therefore making this his first album – the rapper from Torcy (a suburb of Paris) has finally stopped toying with us. He is the artisan creator of a universe that is something of a dream world. The walls come down and suddenly vulnerability sets in. Very attached to his West African roots, he lands his punchlines with unique musicality on productions that oscillate between dancehall, UK drill, and afroswing. 2. Starting on the issue dated January 18, 2020, Billboard updated the methodology to compile the chart by incorporating official video data from YouTube, along with visual plays from streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, and Vevo. The albums have all been released this year in 2020. The Grammy Award for Best Rap Album is an award presented to recording artists for quality albums with rapping at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards. All rights reserved. The rapper-producer is comfortable in his skin, no longer out to prove to naysayers he could out-rap them. access is sought, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page accessible for you. The 45 minute and 5 second masterpiece that we got was more than enough to satisfy, as the artist frees himself from his demons and gives way to his more sentimental, albeit slightly awkward, self. Here are the Genius Community’s 25 Best Albums of 2020. However, only five projects officially receive a nomination for best rap album, and in the advent of the 2020 Grammy Awards, here are the five nominated albums and whether they’re worthy of the title of Best Rap Album of the Year. Headie and Fred is that beautiful confluence of artist and producer that only happens every few years. A post shared by ‍♂️ (@mostdopefanpage). Our website will be tested on a periodic basis with assistive technology such The albums have all been released this year in 2020. 1 on the Billboard 200, a first in hip hop for a posthumous album debut and joins the likes of 2Pac, Biggie and more recently, XXXTentacion and Juice WRLD. To play hard and to be the toughest is no longer needed: he wants to sing, to have fun and to make the music he likes. A true revelation, Government Tropicana is a small 30-minute masterpiece that disarms you as it reveals to you its secrets… – François Renoncourt, Carpe Diem, Horace, 23 B.C. [Editor’s Note—The mid-year Genius list accounts for albums released between December 20, 2019 and June 19, 2020. 475 points. relevant portions of the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA The album showcases Dom's impressive range and stamina that sets his artistry above all the rest right now. – Thomas Bisiacco. The best rap albums of 2020 didn’t share a whole lot, but all of them have a purity of vision, a sense of self. – François Renoncourt, ‘If I give you my time and give you my space / Know that that shit’s not to waste’. Some albums are from a few weeks ago and they have already made it at the top of the list . His rap has become deeper and the man has definitely matured, as is evident in his candid and moving conclusion “Deeper Than Rap”. The 20 Best Albums of 2020 20. Ranging from jazzy songs like “Billion” and oppressive hits like “Vrr Phaa”, “Sghubu Ses Excellent” perfectly represents the formidable ability of South African electronic music to constantly reinvent itself, crossing musical and social boundaries. MUSIC CRITICS' TOP ALBUMS OF 2020. From R.A.P Ferreira to Lil Uzi Vert, here’s where the best hip-hop albums of 2020 ranked. The album catches up on the years that have passed since the then-Toronto-based singer made his melodic ventures into the spotlight. It is with this explicit warning that Little Simz’s EP Drop 6 begins. Billie Eilish wins the 2020 GRAMMY for Album of the Year for When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? See which albums are sitting at the top of this year's charts. Composite: PR/Rex/Shutterstock/Chris Spivey/Getty As its title indicates, this album bears a strong political commitment, resonating with this year’s anti-racist movements. In many ways, WUNNA is almost anthropological with raps about how he shops, travels, hangs out with his famous friends, purchases his latest girlfriend liposuction, and can't decide on what color Audemars Piguet he should wear. But fundamentally Big Conspiracy is about survival. You can object to the use of your e-mail Fusing road rap, bouncy Afropop, and reggae, Big Conspiracy is smooth, precise, and entirely brilliant. New Releases. The company is committed to facilitating the accessibility and usability of its Web site for all people with I wanna live and limits are nothing, I just wanna do all the things that I wanna do and live my dream to the fullest”. Watch out – the British-Gambian rapper, who recently survived a bullet to the head, had only just begun his stratospheric rise at the beginning of the year; with this unmissable debut album his head is already poking through the clouds. Metascore: 89. accessibility of any particular Web page on our website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com Few have voices as striking as Daniel Daley and even fewer can create atmospheric soundscapes like producer Nineteen85. The 2020 GRAMMYs are just around the corner, and now the nominations are in for the coveted honor of Best Rap Album. Circles diverges from much of Miller's earlier work in that there are barely any raps, instead, he hopefully croons alongside live arrangements. 2020 is going to be a great year for music. These are notable albums, defined as having received significant coverage from reliable sources independent of the subject. To raise street music to its highest level. Born in Lagos before and raised in South London (from the age of 8), it was the fast pace of life and the almost constant rain of the capital city that helped sketch and mould a style rooted in realism. Man on The Moon III: The Chosen is a cinematic conclusion (supposedly) to the world Cudi created, which has become a crucial soundtrack for many people going through it. For your listening pleasure, here is HipHopDX’s Best Rap Songs of 2020 … so far. The fruits of Guns N' Roses' long-awaited return to the studio, maybe. – Julie Denis, Paranoia, regret, an overwhelming sex drive, cultural uprooting, and a sense of self-esteem are the themes that occupy the Stratford rapper’s thoughts on his second album. Here is a year list of all the new music and hip-hop albums to be released by your favorite rappers. disabilities. 1 title. From bangers to bangers, the EP sounds like a dark, dancing and hypnotic offensive, an invasion of the South African ghettos on the national airwaves. A list of all music releases for 2020. Yet, as the music industry threatened to falter and fans stuck inside were too busy seeking solace to save it, musicians gave us art that helped us power through. Almost a year later, I'm still convinced. Many of those selections appear above in his top 10 picks. Danceable beats, pidgin English, and lush saxophone interpolate on what can only be described as a homecoming. Somewhere between rap and poetry, the Londoner reflects on her life by whispering introspective verses on the nine songs that make up Government Tropicana, a debut album recorded at home and that will shock you with its maturity. Ricch, Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa each earned six Grammy nominations on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. List Aggregate. Rihanna is cooking up her next big idea. Below we round up our biggest music highlights from a year in which there were frankly too many to count. Use of and/or registration on any portion of this site constitutes acceptance of our, This website uses cookies to improve your experience. Starting on the issue dated January 18, 2020, Billboard updated the methodology to compile the chart by incorporating official video data from YouTube, along with visual plays from streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, and Vevo. And for good reason, rap is the receptacle of this perseverance, this instinct for survival, this urgency to live as well as the need to be heard. For Lil Uzi Vert Hip-hop is limitless. These are notable albums, defined as having received significant coverage from reliable sources independent of the subject. However, the Belgian rapper insulates himself in the Champion's League of French rap. The Ghanaian artist's debut album bears the Afro-fusion influences of Nigeria’s free-spirited alté scene, as well as the grittiness of southern rap, sultry R&B, and gloss of radio pop. Folklore by Taylor Swift is the best-selling album of 2020, and the longest-running number-one album of the year, spending eight weeks atop the chart. These same sonorities have also enabled him to export himself, taking him on tour in Nigeria and Zambia. Throughout these 14 tracks the Londoner is trying to find his way and become a man. His hedonistic quest for superstardom finally realized, the album turns The Weeknd into a self-loathing villain and its cinematic narrative is the most satisfying collision of R&B and pop. The album is a love letter to his hometown, Lagos, the Mecca of Afrobeats, and he reunites with some of the genre's most meaningful players including Burna Boy, Tems, and star producer Juls. In his wake, every song off this album has become an anthem to legions of fans and a painful reminder that he was only just getting started. For more of our mid-year coverage, check out the Best Albums and Songs Of 2020 Far. If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the If this were an English-language album, trust that it would make everyone's top 10. (WCAG 2.0 AA) as its web accessibility standard or other standards to the extent required by the Americans Those questions lingered heavily but didn't stop rap's momentum. Don Toliver had an MVP-caliber year and it all starts with the release of Heaven or Hell. In sublime 22 minutes of storytelling, we stumble upon the drill rapper at his most vulnerable (he was serving a prison sentence when the tape dropped), and only Fred Again..'s production could take the armor off so exceptionally. The Amsterdam-based singer-songwriter has earned a rapport for delivering steady R&B dreamscapes and still – for some explicable reason to me – hasn't blown to the magnitude which her artistry deserves. Flo Milli's first mixtape of the same name offers you the answer. In music, we lost legendary artists, nightlife, and live shows – the very pillars of a beloved industry. FILE - Roddy Ricch performs at the 7th annual BET Experience in Los Angeles on June 21, 2019. Fiona Apple Fetch the Bolt Cutters. Gunna, ... Then, I was convinced I had just heard the best album of the year. There she reveals her questions – ‘Who do I trust? By MESFIN FEKADU December 3, 2020 GMT. User Ratings. Year-End Hot 100 Songs; Year-End Billboard 200 Albums; 2020 Year-End Boxscore; Google's Top Hummed Songs 2020; All Year-End Charts; DECADE-END . The ambition of the project? Here are 25 albums from 2020's first … Folklore by Taylor Swift is the best-selling album of 2020, and the longest-running number-one album of the year, spending eight weeks atop the chart. A rapper who hesitated to get back to writing for fear of disappointing her audience, took advantage of the confinement to set the gears back in motion and now gives us five incisive tracks. Now at a new stage in his career, Costa also delivers more introspective tracks than usual (“Holy Rain”), while maintaining his cranky arrogance on many tracks (“Got it”, “Great”). The 2020 GRAMMYs are just around the corner, and now the nominations are in for the coveted honor of Album Of The Year. Carpe Diem, Olamide Adedeji, 2020: “The mood is YOLO! Pop Smoke, Brooklyn’s favorite son and leader of the new wave of Brooklyn drill, was tragically murdered during a home invasion on February 20th, 2020. / Who do I love?’ before reassuring those who wonder about her intentions: ‘I’m focusin’ on my next masterpiece.’ We can’t wait. At last he’s making his mark and giving depth to his musical identity. Almost a year later, I'm still convinced. Run the Jewels RTJ4. Genres. The list includes albums from Lil baby, The Weeknd, Juice WRLD, Pop Smoke and more. This time, Sho Madjozi shines the spotlight on her native province, favouring the euphoric frenzy of Shangaan electro, and thus highlighting the plight of the Shangaan ethnic group from the Tsonga population. The Grammy Award for Best Rap Album is an award presented to recording artists for quality … Foot on the gas, Uzi speeds through new-age hip-hop trends, his eccentric lifestyle, and spaced-out samples, however, when he lets up he gives us moments of insight and vulnerability, culminating in timeless tracks like "Urgency." For this opus, Nasty C was given all the tools he needed to meet his ambitions, working with the cream of the crop of rappers coming from Atlanta (T.I., Lil Gotit, Lil Keed) as well as with Ari Lennox, one of RnB’s current reigning queens. He has been striving for years and now only aspires to a better life, which is the reason for his undulating afrobeats prayer “Peace, Love and Prosperity”. YEAR-END . 30. A Muse In Her Feelings makes an expansive entrance into what has been teased. In the latest installment of our year-end podcast coverage, we’re talking about 2020’s best rock and rap albums. Its release was not a foregone conclusion however, as the radiant South African artist almost stopped everything after the tragic disappearance of her little sister last year. This list includes some of the most anticipated rap albums for 2020. As well, nine songs out of the album’s 15 original tracks landed on the Hot 100 chart, including multi-platinum lead single “A Lot,” which is also nominated for Best Rap Song next year. All this is backed up by the significant input of others who’ve contributed to this record’s success, the co-producers iO and TobiShyBoy. A fitting epilogue to the life of an aspirational artist, cut too short. Everyone wanted to be on that final Pop Smoke album and it feels like everyone was. : “pluck the day as it is ripe”. Features from Quavo, Lil Baby, DaBaby, Lil Tjay, Tyga, Burna Boy, and countless more made this feel like a posthumous compilation album rather than the Pop Smoke project we wanted. to the basic tariffs. – Rémi Benchebra, Even if this young man considers his first studio production as ‘a first mixtape, a first step’, Send Them to Coventry is still an uppercut in the jaw. The album became the first project of 2020 to go double platinum and served as the soundtrack to the year for many. Other 2020 Album Highlights Throughout 2020, Craig Jenkins maintained a “Best Albums of the Year (So Far)” list. The 25 worst albums of 2020. Few people shook up this year in music more than the late drill rapper. So when his third album Eternal Atake entered label purgatory many of us attached our expectations of the curious artist to this mythical project. Best Albums. With that ominous phrase, Kehlani brought fourth her sophomore studio album, an ace R&B showcase. Here’s our unranked rundown of the year’s most noteworthy releases. However, only five projects officially receive a nomination for best rap album, and in the advent of the 2020 Grammy Awards, here are the five nominated albums and whether they’re worthy of the title of Best Rap Album of the Year. The flashy and garish colours of the rapper’s aesthetics can be found in “Made In Africa” through the speed of the tracks, the explosiveness of the flows used and his Joburg Trap sound. At the eighth month mark of 2020, the Billboard 200 chart has crowned 21 albums with the No. Many of those selections appear above in his top 10 picks. The author of the hit song “John Cena” has made a stunning comeback, marked by unfailing optimism and the energy she communicates. See which albums are universally hated across the board. A list of all music releases for 2020. Neither the pandemic, nor state-imposed curfews, nor widespread social upheaval overcame its continual meteoric rise. From singing to writing, performing, and directing, It Was Good Until It Wasn’t channels all Kehlani's skills into sterling R&B. The rapper, now head of a powerful label, also takes advantage of this positivity to showcase some of the most talented emerging artists such as Omah Lay, Bella Shmurda or Bad Boy Timz. But thanks to the unfailing support of her fans and her own tenacity, she has begun to to overcome this terrible ordeal. A new Deep Purple album, definitely. At the bottom, you can view albums without a release month or date announced yet. While we'll have to wait until the 62nd GRAMMY Awards air on CBS on Jan. 26 to find out who will win, let's take a look at which albums have been nominated for one of the most anticipated GRAMMY Awards each year. I don't need to get into all the reasons why 2020 was a bad year, but it was an extremely good year for rap. regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. Find the best music on Album of the Year. 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